The aim of our research is to understand and quantify the developmental effects of special economic zones (SEZs) and similar policies pursued by developing countries, with a focus on both economic efficiency and inequality.

Journal publications

Görg, Holger and Alina Mulyukova
Place-based Policies and Firm Performance: Evidence from Special Economic Zones in India, European Economic Review, forthcoming

Ackah, Charles Godfred, Robert Darko Osei, and Baah Aye Kusi
Special Economic Zones, Gender and Innovations: New Evidence from an Emerging Economy,Cogent Business & Management, (2024) 11(1):1-15, (DOI:

Ackah, Charles Godfred, Robert Darko Osei, and Baah Aye Kusi
Special Economic Zone Dynamics and Firm Performance: Evidence from an Emerging Economy, Managerial and Decision Economics, (2024), (DOI:

Ganguly, Suparna, Saikat Sinha Roy
Structural Change, Services Sector and Intergenerational Occupational Mobility in India: Some Exploratory Evidence, South Asia Economic Journal, (2023) 24(2): 252-276. (DOI:

Hornok, Cecília, Dewa Gede Sidan Raeskyesa
Economic Zones and Local Income Inequality: Evidence from Indonesia, The Journal of Economic Inequality, (2024) 22:69–100 (DOI:

Aggarwal, Aradhna
How Special are Special Economic Zones: Evidence from South Asia, The World Economy, (2023) 46 (8):2447–2555 (DOI:

Guopei Fang, Holger Görg, Aoife Hanley and Haiou Mao
Foreign Divestment – Crisis or Chance for China’s Innovation Edge?, China & World Economy, (2022) 30 (6):1–33 (DOI:

Girma, Sourafel and Holger Görg.
Productivity effects of processing and ordinary export market entry: A time-varying treatments approach, Review of International Economics, (2022) 30(3): 836–853 (DOI: .

Aggarwal, Aradhna and Ari Kokko.
SEZs and Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India, International Journal of Emerging Markets, (2022) 17(8): 1793–1814 (DOI:


Free Zones World Economic Barometer

The Free Zones World Economic Barometer (F-WEB) is a sentiment indicator based on a quarterly survey among Special Economic Zone representatives conducted by the Kiel Institute for the Economy in collaboration with the World Free Zones Organization. Established in early 2018, it is designed to gauge the current momentum of economic activity in SEZs around the globe and give indication about future trends. 

For more on the sentiment indicator and to access the F-WEB reports, please visit